Staff

  • Benjamin Finkelor

    Benjamin Finkelor is Executive Director of the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute. Prior to joining the EEI, he served in a variety of roles within the clean technology sector, including director of business development for a local clean-energy start-up company, interim executive director for CleanStart (a ...

  • Camille Agnew

    Camille Agnew is Program Assistant for the Energy and Efficiency Institute. She is responsible for providing administrative and programmatic support. Agnew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology from UC Davis.

  • Karen M. Block

    Karen M. Block is Senior Director of Development for UC Davis Energy. She is responsible for external relations and works closely with corporate and foundation partners for the Energy and Efficiency Institute and Institute of Transportation Studies. She also oversees annual ...

  • Eddie Brutsch

    Eddie Brutsch is the Affiliate Program Manager of the Energy and Efficiency Institute. Eddie serves as the point of contact for the Affiliate sponsors of the EEI’s Research Centers. He is responsible for coordinating and developing collaborative research projects with our Affiliates, providing access to industry ...

  • Paul Fortunato

    Paul Fortunato is Creative Specialist for the Energy and Efficiency Institute. He is responsible for using graphic design, photography, and videography to visually communicate the Institute’s key messages. He has worked with many notable companies and organizations including the Sacramento Kings, Page Design Group and the Leukemia ...

  • Alicia Loge

    Ali Loge is the Communications & Outreach Director for the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute. She is responsible for planning, writing, editing, and producing print and online materials for audiences in academia, government, industry, and the general public. She also manages the Institute’s events ...

  • Jasen Okunnuga

    Jasen Okunnuga is the Financial Coordinator for the Energy and Efficiency Institute and Western Cooling and Efficiency Center. Jasen holds a Masters in Arts in Public Administration from California State University of Northridge. His professional career began in the field of human services where he was a ...

  • Sarah Outcault

    Sarah Outcault is the Market Transformation Research Director at the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute and Western Cooling Efficiency Center where she leads research on the nexus of policy, technology and human behavior. In particular, Outcault designs and implements studies and experiments to explore ...

  • Theresa Pistochini

    Theresa Pistochini is the Engineering Manager at the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute and Western Cooling Efficiency Center with 10 years’ experience in applied research in energy efficiency in buildings, primarily in the areas of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). She led the ...

  • Annemarie Schaaf

    Annemarie Schaaf is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Energy Graduate Group and the Transportation Technology & Policy Graduate Group.

  • David Vernon

    David Vernon is Senior Development Engineer for the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute, focusing on Zero Net Energy commercial buildings, energy efficiency and air quality in schools, tools supporting market transformation in building energy efficiency, and exergy analysis of energy systems. Past work includes research, development, ...

  • Lauren White

    Lauren White is the Associate Director of Development for the Office of Corporate and Foundation Giving. She is responsible for connecting companies and nonprofit funders with the innovative thinking of UC Davis educators, scientists and physicians, leading to partnership investment in people, ...

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    Tori Yashinski

    • Development Assistant
    Victoria (Tori) Yashinski comes to ITS-Davis after spending four years working for the American Heart Association. While at the AHA, Tori worked on the Development team, where she coordinated all logistics for a $1.7M fundraising campaign and provided support for all market fundraising initiatives. While her background has been ...